Health

Family rallies around Oscar

A family have thanked the community for their support after an eight-month-old underwent an 11-hour operation to disconnect half of his brain. Oscar Wright underwent the rare operation to combat some of the symptoms of Sturge Weber Syndrome last Thursday and is slowly recovering. His Crowland family including mum Bethanie Rollings and dad Tim Wright have described the operation at ...

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Gary leaves Pilgrim Hospital after 10 weeks fighting for his life

A prison service worker who was admitted to hospital with coronavirus three days after his dad’s funeral is finally home after 10 weeks fighting for his life. Gary Graves (54) had experienced odd days with a sore throat, headache and cough, but had put all of his symptoms down to the stress of losing his dad and planning the funeral. ...

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Latest COVID-19 figures for Lincolnshire revealed

There have been 140 deaths in Lincolnshire hospitals from COVID-19 while 14 people remain in hospital in the county with the disease, it’s been revealed. John Turner, the chief executive of the Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group provided stats up to date as of yesterday to a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee today (Wednesday). Mr Turner said that ...

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Patients will need to wear masks attending NHS services

Everyone visiting an NHS service, including patients, will now have to wear a mask. The NHS in Lincolnshire has today (Friday) issued a statement following advice from health professionals. The guidance covers all NHS patients including GP surgeries. A spokesman for the NHS in Lincolnshire, said: “The health and wellbeing of patients and staff remains the top priority for the ...

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Group to be set up amid concerns over rise in mental health issues

A new group has been set up to work on the response of the “very significant consequences” of mental health issues due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Lincolnshire. John Turner, the chairman of the Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group says there are huge concerns over mental health in the county due to lockdown, the number of people grieving and conerns overs ...

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Trust’s hospital move aims to get postponed operations and surgeries back on track

It’s hoped that making Grantham Hospital a “largely COVID free site” will help patients awaiting operations across Lincolnshire. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which oversees that hospital, Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincoln County Hospital and Louth Hospital, has made the move following a meeting of its board this morning (Thursday). The trust says creating a COVID free site will ...

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Council procuring PPE supply

The authority that oversees adult care in Lincolnshire says it has overcome initial problems in gaining personal protection equipment (PPE) and has a stock in case of emergency. The deputy leader and the executive councillor for adult care, health and children’s services of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Patricia Bradwell made the announcement at a meeting of the authority’s executive on ...

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Dennis led the thanks to key workers for final Thursday

A partially sighted 75-year-old said thank you to the staff that helped him back to health from COVID-19 among the final Clap for Carers held last week. Dennis Pearson joined a host of businesses at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital last Thursday for the event. For ten weeks, the country has stood on their doorsteps together at 8pm on Thursdays to applaud ...

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Survey launched on how local care homes have dealt with COVID-19 pandemic

A group that aims to be the voice of the Lincolnshire public in healthcare wants to hear from you about how local care homes have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. HW Lincs says care home deaths in Lincolnshire are the lowest in the country and has launched a survey and is looking for care home staff, residents and their families ...

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Inspirational Violet beats coronavirus

A 95-year-old woman is back in her own home after two months in hospital beating coronavirus. Violet Sismey spent eight weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 and her family were told to prepare for the worst. But Violet refused to give up and on Thursday was discharged from the Welland Ward at Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital to return home. Violet was ...

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Convoy leads NHS praise

A group of local businesses are continuing to show support for the NHS and provide masks for carers. Once again last week the trio of Barry Disdel, Sam Crane and Gary Goldsmith were out clapping carers at a local hospital, this time Peterborough City Hospital. The convoy organised was even featured on the BBC’s Clap For Carers programme. For the ...

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Access support, people with diabetes told

People with diabetes are being urged to access support available to them as the NHS says they’re ‘significantly’ more at risk of COVID-19. The plea comes as new NHS research has revealed that people living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with Covid-19. The study shows that people living with type 1 diabetes are at three and ...

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Nurse speaks about his recovery from COVID-19

A nurse at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital has spoken of how how he battled back to work after contracting COVID 19. Sam Jude is now back at work on Terrington Ward caring for short stay patients, usually admitted straight from the Emergency Department (ED) and the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU). The clinical nurse is one of more than ...

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Message to not ignore your own health

Lead clinicians are reminding people that NHS services in Lincolnshire are still available and safe to use, and in particular are reminding people not to ignore more serious concerns. Liz Ball, chief nurse, Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The latest national figures show a sharp drop in cancer referrals as patients are not coming forward when they have health worries. ...

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Forum chair speaks on fighting virus in care homes and lockdown rule changes

The chair of the group overseeing the fight against COVID-19 in Lincolnshire has spoken of measures being used to stop the virus spreading in care homes, as well on what the changes to lockdown rules mean for people in the county. The Lincolnshire Resilience Forum was formed with a number of representatives from health and emergency services in the county. ...

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Hospital welcomes COVID-19 recovery milestone

A hospital that treats many people in South Holland says it’s treated 200 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 back to health. Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in King’s Lynn has seen around 125 deaths from the virus. But out of the 390 treated there, more than half have survived thanks to staff. The milestone has been welcomed by the ...

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Amazing Alia’s hope of being miles better

A teenager who struggles every day with exhaustion is attempting to bike 100 miles during May to help find a treatment or cure for her debilitating condition. Nearly five years ago, Alia Jones (14) was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease that she describes as “making everyday life extremely exhausting and a challenge”. The condition leaves all parts of a sufferer’s body, ...

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More virus cases at care home and food processing plant

A care home and food processing plant are among those to see an increase in COVID-19 cases after recent testing. Following representations from members of the public Morrisons confirmed further cases at its Woodhead site in Spalding as has Cedar Falls Care Home. A spokesman from Morrisons said a “small number” of cases had been confirmed while the company states ...

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Breast cancer mum urges ‘get checked’

A 29-year-old mum who found she had breast cancer while breast feeding her newborn child has urged others to regularly check themselves. Melissa Dye’s son Jack was just a few weeks old when the Long Sutton mental health nurse noticed the lump. She and healthcare officials initially thought it was something to do with breast feeding before the diagnosis last ...

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Mental health project expands

A Spalding-based charity is leading a local project to improve mental health in the area and it’s hoped it will create a seven day a week ‘hub’ in the town for those that need it. The Tonic Health Safe Places Mental Health program has been given funding to extend its services across South Lincolnshire. Wellbeing charity Tonic Health has been ...

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